What if Free! ends more or less the same way High Speed 2 did?

High☆Speed! 2 (BIG SPOILER) Chapter 8

By the time he had finished practicing for the day, he had completely grasped the sensation and such things as breaking his balance didn’t happen anymore.

Short of breath, he goes home with Makkou. When he does, as if he had been seen, the telephone rang. It’s from Makoto’s mother. She says that Makoto had gone out and hasn’t come home yet. After informing her that he didn’t come to the Swimming Club, he put down the receiver.

The scarlet of the setting sun shining in through the window quietly stretches into the house. Feeling something like a strange trepidation from that red color, Haruka rushed outside like he was being hurried.

Coming out the first torii, he looks down. Makoto’s bicycle is left at the bottom of the stone steps. He hasn’t gone far. Haruka climbed up to the second torii that’s at the very top of the stone steps and went out into the shrine. Misagozaki Shrine’s grounds weren’t wide enough to survey, just a small shrine stood there, while seeming like it’s about to reach the end of its days.

Going round the back just to be sure, he looks down at the sea from the gap between the Japanese zelkova and the maple. There was nothing other than the waves hitting the rocks and breaking with a flash of white.

The sun sinking in the west, it was already trying to fall into the horizon. He got the feeling that if it gets dark, it’ll turn into trouble. The dusk makes people uneasy. Thinking that he has to look for him before it becomes serious, Haruka ran down the stone steps.

When he went into the port, there were several white masts, each casting long shadows while quietly swaying. He runs while making sure to peer into every single boat, every so often there were just seabirds resting their wings, but there wasn’t a single human figure.

Like that, he runs out of the port chasing his own shadow and goes out to the breakwater. The complicatedly tangled tetrapod was being washed by the waves while half sinking itself into the sea. Once in a while, the anglers take a seat on it, but no one’s there today. Going until the edge of the levee, after going in a circle around the small lighthouse that will cast light before long, he retraced his steps to the concrete straight road.

Crossing the pier, by the time he came out onto the road alongside the coast, the streetlights were starting to light up one by one. It’s a small port town, but if one person felt like hiding, it makes them realize that anything can happen. Or, did he leave town already……

As he’s running on the road alongside the coast, he could see a silhouette at the very edge of the beach where the streetlights didn’t reach. The lighthouse’s light illuminates that silhouette for just an instant.

“Makoto––”

Going down to the beach right after shouting, Haruka ran with full strength. It’s the beach he always runs on with Makkou. He’s supposed to have gotten used to running on it, but he’s tripped up. His balance breaks. He can’t run as fast as he wants. It’s frustrating. It’s irritating. Only his feelings become rash.

The second flash of light illuminates Makoto again. He stood still, facing the sea. The rising tide was already trying to reach his feet.

“Makoto!”

He shouts once more. He runs while shouting. Makoto reacted at last. He turns just his neck towards Haruka.

“……Haru.”

It was a dull voice. Haruka reaches him at last, breathing roughly.

“Haahaa, I looked for you.”

His eyes remaining hollow, Makoto shows a smile.

“You found me unexpectedly fast.”

Could he have been intending to play hide-and-seek or something? He wants that to be it, he thinks. He wants something ridiculous like that to be it, he thinks.

“Haahaa, what were you doing. With something like this.”

“……I thought of going to a place where Haru isn’t.”

Haruka’s heart leapt. Where was he trying to go. What was he trying to do. What would’ve happened if he were a little slower.

“……Why?”

Asking that was the most he could do.

“Will I be alright even if Haru isn’t here? …..I wanted to make sure of that.”

Raising his eyebrows, he shows a lonely smile. Makoto was fighting all along. He was suffering, all along. In a place where Haruka’s thoughts couldn’t possibly reach……

“Would Haru be alright even if I weren’t here?”

He can’t lie to him anymore. He can’t deceive him. He can’t trick him. Neither Makoto, nor Haruka himself.

“–– I wouldn’t have looked for you if I were.”

“Right.”

Makoto laughs. He was the usual Makoto. The amiable smile with up-slanting eyebrows. He came back to being the usual Makoto. To Haruka’s side––, he came back for him.

“Don’t worry me so much.”

For now, just that is enough, he thought. If Makoto’s here, just that is enough.

“Yeah, sorry. Haru.”

Quickly getting away from the surging waves, Makoto starts walking. Haruka walks side by side with Makoto. For just a moment, the lighthouse’s light illuminated the two footprints remaining on the dusk coast.

spartansiren:

Based on this post by the lovely, talented lordzuuko!

Those who came to know Nanase Haruka quickly realized that he wasn’t one for open displays of affection. Despite Nagisa’s attempts to sway him (which included many a surprise hug), he just wasn’t interested.

At least, Haru thought he…

That time will come, when Makoto will have to offer his hand to Haru after the national championship…

…and If was him I would feel so awkward, specially after that fight.

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So this basically what we want for the next episode :,)

So this basically what we want for the next episode :,)

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SHORT FANFIC REQUESTS ARE OPEN!

sapphire-escape-artist:

Hey, guys! I just got my computer back up and running, so I am taking requests!

Hi! Ehhhm I was wondering… how about Makoto getting sick because he spent a whole day in the city looking for a christmas present for Haru (it was a snowy day)

Pretty please!

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aleishadreams:

belaozu:

belaozu:

aleishadreams:

but, like, i dont even doubt that makoharu is gonna be “canon” (of course no one’s ship is gonna be canon) but the makoharu tag is so full of negativity, even from the makoharu fandom!

their relationship is fucking perfect and you crying because rinharu had…

Yes, I understand.

I don’t think rinharu is canon now, specially because Sousuke is there and… is really obvious his relationship with Rin but nevertheless, or kyoani doesn’t understand that or they are just simply playing with us.

And I know we shouldn’t be saying that Haruka and Makoto’s relationship is over but if I don’t get a whole episode dedicated to those two or at least 10 minutes of makoharu where Haruka goes and apologises to makoto I’m going to be disappointed… it seems like the only feelings that matter are Haruka’s and Rin’s, no one cares about Makoto

Sorry this took so long :(

I’m pretty sure that Makoto’s and Haru’s relationship will be back to normal, they are just perfect like that. But yeah, I also don’t think that their relationship, friendship or whatever, is going to go down.

Even with the tragic episode 11 I’m sure that their relationship will prevail. I mean, If we compare what Rin did when going to Australia, he never wrote to the Iwatobi friends and even stopped writing to Sousuke. I mean, I like Rin, but I don’t think his relationship with Haru would be any good?? Like, their whole relationship is about being rivals, and that’s it.

I just want Makoto to be happy, tho. Perfect baby.

Yes! I agree! :’) ★★★★★

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Just imagine this…

Haru arrives just in time for the competition and doesn’t have the chance to talk to Makoto BUT! When they finish the race Makoto like he always do offers his hand to Haru and pulls him out of the pool and just when he’s going to let go of his hand Haru all of the sudden hugs Makoto and whispers to him:

"I am really sorry… for making you worry and for all the things I said" 

And for the first time ever Makoto won’t say anything. He’ll just cry in silence while buries his face on Haru’s shoulder and hugs him tightly.

seikiyukine:

ok i know there are a lot of people that are kinda angry at the new ep like i was but im chill now but please let’s think of a business point of view. MakoHaru is the most popular ship in Japan and Makoto’s (and Haru’s) merchandise are the most selling products in there. What about the other…

I love these posts!

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Makoharu fans vs Rinharu fans

Makoharu fans vs Rinharu fans

belaozu:

aleishadreams:

but, like, i dont even doubt that makoharu is gonna be “canon” (of course no one’s ship is gonna be canon) but the makoharu tag is so full of negativity, even from the makoharu fandom!

their relationship is fucking perfect and you crying because rinharu had…

Yes, I understand.

I don’t think rinharu is canon now, specially because Sousuke is there and… is really obvious his relationship with Rin but nevertheless, or kyoani doesn’t understand that or they are just simply playing with us.

And I know we shouldn’t be saying that Haruka and Makoto’s relationship is over but if I don’t get a whole episode dedicated to those two or at least 10 minutes of makoharu where Haruka goes and apologises to makoto I’m going to be disappointed… it seems like the only feelings that matter are Haruka’s and Rin’s, no one cares about Makoto

Sorry this took so long :(

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aleishadreams:

but, like, i dont even doubt that makoharu is gonna be “canon” (of course no one’s ship is gonna be canon) but the makoharu tag is so full of negativity, even from the makoharu fandom! 

their relationship is fucking perfect and you crying because rinharu had a forced fanservice episode? 

do you actually think that makoto’s and haru’s relationship is so weak???

they fucking read each other’s minds, for God’s sake

Well, I think I can explain. We’re or at least I’m not mad because of the fan service between Rin and Haru, oh not at all! Not even because they both were in the same bed! I am mad because of the way Kyoani is ending this Anime. I’m mad because Haruka looked pretty upset about his first fight with Makoto and all of the sudden he was over it. I am MAD because Haru spent both seasons talking about being Free! and swimming for his friends and now he apparently is going pro. I am mad because Makoto is going to be brushed over and really that is not fair.

Well :) that’s all

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I need a break after the last episode of Free!

I need a break after the last episode of Free!

starlight-on-the-snow:

Sé que lo realmente importante del anime no son las parejitas, sino la historia, el desarrollo de cada personaje, el que todos luchan por lo que quieren, etc, etc… ¡PERO AÚN ASÍ ESTOY ENOJADA! DX

Como fan del MakoHaru, vengo al rescate (?)

Muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuchas veces se ha dicho que cada…

:( Hubo mucho fanservice para RinHaru, horrible pero que más me molesta es que es Rin se va a quedar con todo el credito… no es justo, no lo es cuando Makoto es quien ha estado al pendientede de Haru todo este tiempo… Muy xs de verdad! Lo otro que es más deprimente aun es que Rin pudo curar la “depre” de Haru más rapido de lo que canta un gallo (Y que conste que me gusta mucho Rin) pero creo que en Kyoto Animation las cosas o no estan funcionando bien o estan literalmente cagandola

OK, episode 12… Here we go!

Was I the only one who felt quite disappointed after this episode?

Well guys, I’m here to try to comfort you because I think we all need that especially now that free! Is coming to its end.

Let’s make something very clear before I even start, I’m writing this based on the couples I like and the characters I love the most.

Let’s begin.

In my opinion it wasn’t a good episode.

END

I’m joking… xD I said I was going to try to make you feel better, didn’t I?

No, really, seriously, that episode wasn’t very good. I mean, it could have been a lot better! And I’m not talking about Rin, actually I loved to see what was like to him to live in Australia and everything else but the rest happened just too quickly and… I knew it! I freaking knew it! That Rin was the one who was in the end going to fix Haru and THAT my friend is BAD!! REALLY BAD! Sorry Rin, I’m very happy because you’re trying to help your friend as he did to you during the last season but what about Makoto?

Yes, because believe it or not Makoto is not a secondary character!

What I believe is that Kyoto Animation ran out of time and they tried to put all what was left in this little episode of 20 something minutes. And probably they’ll do the same on the next episode… BASTARDS

Why?

Well, it just doesn’t make sense for me to see Haru very upset because of his fight with Makoto (to the point that he didn’t try to swim for the first time in the whole Anime and that shows you how deeply hurt he was) and then all happy because he found a dream! THIS IS NOT DISNEY! Seriously! That didn’t last long enough for me to believe in it. You know what I mean? I do believe Haru was feeling upset but… I think they could have dedicated a whole episode to that feeling because MAKOTO IS ALSO FEELING VERY SAD, YOU KNOW? Not to mention that it was their first fight. And now that everything seems “back to normal” I believe that he’ll probably have a few words with Makoto and not the real TALK as we were expecting it (AND PLEASE GOD LET ME BE WRONG!) Because if I am wrong I’m hoping to hear that talk in the next OVA. Yes!

The other thing I wanted to mention is that many Makokaru fans are not happy because Haru and Rin had to share bed. Well… did you see Rin’s face? He wasn’t happy either and god help him if Sousuke finds out. And if you watch the episode again pay attention to that part when they were in the beach, they were talking about Rin’s past but also they talked about their partners in a very special way, and in my opinion today Rin Matsuoka made up his mind about the one he truly loves. I think they actually looked like two girlfriends talking about their boyfriends. Yep! So please, don’t be mad at Rin, BE MAD AT KYOTO ANIMATION!

And just to finish, if Haru leaves Japan I’m going to be SO upset, really. Sorry, I know we are talking about his future and his dream but I don’t know… I had the feeling that he would become an artist and will go to Tokyo to study there so, I feel quite disappointed…

Anyway if he leaves Japan I believe he will be staying with Rin and probably ALL rinharu fans will be showing off FOREVER! But it hasn’t happened yet so behave ladies!! And in the end the only canon here is Reigisa, because Rin belongs to Sousuke, also we have that CD drama full of MakoHaru stuff  (Oh shit, I think I’m talking too much…)

But… the question is: who will be staying with Makoto? Because I don’t think Kyoani are going to leave Makoto all alone in Tokyo, they have to be fair to all their audience (or at least try to be fair)

Seriously Kyoani, you are not doing a good job! And let me tell you something! You’re forgetting MAKOTO! And that is unforgivable!!

PS: My advice for you is to go to the nearest shop and buy a lot of chocolate (good when people are feeling down) and make a lovely cup of coffee or tea and visit the Reigisa fandom. They’ll treat you well there! The best guys I know to heal broken hearts and unhappy endings.

Good luck :(

misshunbun:

What really bothers me about this episode. Haru in the beginning is SO upset over his FIRST FIGHT EVER with Makoto that he won’t even go into the ocean.

Rin reassures him, and by the end of the trip, Haru is feeling better. That’s fine, that isn’t what bothers me.

What does however, is despite his brave face at the beginning of the episode, I’m sure that Makoto is internally screaming this whole time. It’s his first real fight with Haru, he’s going out of his mind with worry and Haru is across the ocean, and he can’t do anything. He’s helpless at this point.

Makoto and Haru need to resolve their conflict together. They need to talk about it. Hell THEY need a whole episode just to get their shit back together.

But instead of a proper resolution, we get an episode of Rin talking about being a kid in Australia. And with only one episode left to deal with nationals, all that conflict resolution for Makoto and Haru is gonna be shoved off to the side

Sorry, Rin, but the whole last season was about your feelings and your bullshit. I don’t need that right now. I need Makoto and Haru to work this out together. And Nagisa and Rei to feel positive about the future of the their swimming team heading into the future without Makoto and Haru.

Sigh. This was not the season I was hoping for.

P.S. As an aside, I don’t see why everyone who ships makoharu is losing faith. If Haru and Rin need to be shoved into a ridiculously clichéd situation (the “oops we have to share a bed!” thing) in order to give rinharu shippers some fanservice, then it isn’t really a good pairing. Just by being together, having a conversation and sharing a look, that’s all Makoto and Haru need to establish their relationship! So cheer up debbie downers. :> 

I couldn’t agree more!